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A Prayer for Ukraine, by Chaya Kaplan Lester (2022)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=42866 A Prayer for Ukraine, by Chaya Kaplan Lester (2022) 2022-02-24 22:19:57 "A Prayer for Ukraine" was first published by Chaya Kaplan Lester on her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chaya.kaplanlester/posts/10158504037983302">Facebook page</a>. Text the Open Siddur Project Chaya Kaplan-Lester Chaya Kaplan-Lester https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Chaya Kaplan-Lester https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ War 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. Prayers as poems English vernacular prayer Chess 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
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Dear God of chess games
turned long-range
missiles,
fateful tanks
and heavy metals
Let our prayers
be likewise geared
for long-range impact
and great precision
to protect the innocent
from invasion
and division
For suddenly the game has changed…
 
Another match
just like we played last
season and the last…
in fierce competition, yes,
but a theoretical game of chess
none the less…
Until today
when these wooden figures
turned flesh and bone and tender
When suddenly the tactics are tactile
made of real fire,
no fiction in shrapnel
For these chess pieces bleed…
the rooks buckle under pressure
and bishops bend break shatter
pawns blasted
asunder by another
monster and another
And the bloodied board has begun to drip
onto the carpet
that keeps getting pulled out
from beneath our feet
and we can’t seem to stop it…
The fabric of an entire continent
stained sprayed
afraid
as we pray
our way through this somber day.
We are wildly untethered
weathered
by winter
and pandemic
we are deep in it
dismay, dismal and may
we finish the game
somehow saved
somehow civil
May Justice be the victor
and may the chess master
master his own inward glance
and retreat from disaster
Unseat the monsters
who make chess pieces bleed
onto the carpet
the kings and queens are just mothers and fathers
protect the pawns
God of chess games
please stop this…

“A Prayer for Ukraine” was first published by Chaya Kaplan Lester on her Facebook page.

 

 

 

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